What Should We Do About Global Warming?
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This page first made public: Aug 9, 2006
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- Use data and visualizations to study greenhouse gases and their relationship to global warming.
- Examine the problem of global warming and its significance.
- Evaluate the Kyoto Protocol.
- Summarize what they have learned, using scientific data to support their conclusions.
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Interactive role-playing exercises dealing with the complicated issue of humanity's dependence on fossil fuels and its consequences include:
- Mock Environmental Summit
At the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming, students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on global warming.
- The Great Energy Debate
This lesson plan explores the energy debate in the U.S. Students will hold a mock congressional committee meeting and make decisions about public lands and energy resources.
- What Should We Do About Global Warming?
This module contains an 8-lesson curriculum to study greenhouse gases and global warming using data and visualizations. The students will summarize the issue in a mock debate or a presentation.
- WorldWatcher Project: Global Warming Project
In this exercise, students role-play advisors to various heads of state on the subject of global warming. The web site also has free modeling and GIS software and lesson and lab plans.